The 4 Loves: Friendship

This is an amazing speech my former professor and mentor, Dr. Louis Markos gave about love and friendship between the sexes. He addresses questions such as, “Can friends of the opposite sex ever just be friends?” as well as a lot good advice on marriage and relationships.

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Phineas and Ferb meet Marvel Superheroes… LOL WUT?

Production is now underway on “Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel,” an animated adventure that will assemble characters from two hugely popular franchises, Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb” and Marvel’s iconic Super Heroes:  Spider-Man and The Avengers (Iron Man, Thor and Hulk).  The epic television event, premiering in summer 2013 on Disney Channel, will mark the first crossover animated television special for Marvel and Disney properties.  Working closely with Marvel’s creative team, “Phineas and Ferb” creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh are designing Marvel’s Super Heroes and Super Villains including Red Skull, Whiplash, Venom and M.O.D.O.K. to fit the Danville world of the Emmy Award-winning series.

Looney Tunes CGI

This came out a while ago, but I finally found it on YouTube. It’s a Looney Tunes CGI short using a song Mel Blanc recorded before he died. It’s nice to hear his voice again. I’m impressed with the animation. They really did their homework on this one. They even created some new CGI techniques to mimic what the old animators like Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng and Bob Clampett did. You can also find a couple of Roadrunner Shorts they made before this on YouTube as well.

According to this interview on AWN, Jay Redd says “I grew up on the Road Runner cartoons like everyone else and so being able to take Chuck Jones’ work into three dimensions was an honor, and also a huge challenge. To not just make 3-D versions of the characters, but to inhabit the spirit of the way Chuck Jones’ work was done. When you start deconstructing the work that he and his animators did, there are all sorts of things that are happening in-between frames, and in-between cuts. How would you recreate that stuff in three dimensions? Working with the Reel FX team, we developed a bunch of different methods for creating, say, motion blur in 3D, without using “motion blur”. In a Chuck Jones drawing, you might have six versions of a hand going by made out of paint strokes. How could we actually make that happen in stereo?”

Basically, most people would have incorporated real motion blurs for fast movements. But to keep to the spirit of Looney Tunes (and animation IMO) they actually created different models for the motions blurs so the characters have the hand-drawn feel.

Daffy’s Rhapsody is also on YouTube but it’s a recording from a camera in a theater. It’s a really good short, but I hope it comes out on DVD soon.

New Pokemon Animation for Game Trailer

So, I saw this trailer today. Much has been abuzz about comparing it to the current anime. And rightfully so. The Pokemon anime was initially a great show, which was sadly killed by its own popularity.

Yes, 600 episodes of Pokemon have just been pwned by a 5 minute game trailer…

For me, the solution is simple: produce fewer episodes and spend more time on them so you don’t force the writers to reuse formulas. Or produce two different series. One that’s more like this trailer, aimed at older audiences and another that continues Ash’s story so they can keep Pikachu as the mascot. Actually, they could even make the Ash story more focused on older audiences and the one based on the game for the younger crowd. The point is, they’re alienating a huge demographic that still consumes the games.

And now this

Phineas and Ferb Creators Rap About Animatin’! WUT!

One of my all-time favorites: Phineas and Ferb. Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh do an awesome and hilarious rap about the life of an animator. It’s even more awesome for me since I’m an animation student, and I’m taking storyboarding right now. I’m really excited about the projects we get to work on in the class! It seems shows that are written in storyboard tend to be funnier. It goes all the way back to the Looney Tunes days, but I haven’t quite figured out exactly why that is. I guess because comedy is so reliant on the visual, especially in animation, it’s just better when it’s visualized fully while it’s being written. So there’s no gap between the vision of the writer and the artist.

BTW, ever notice the city of Danville is named after Dan Povenmire?

Here’s another video on the Master Class they did. I love what they did here. I work at an after-school program teaching art, and I’ve been experimenting teaching my kids some of the processes of animation.

Good Friday

This is an excellent animation on the crucifixion of Jesus. Many comments on the video have expressed people wanting to see more Biblical drama portrayed in professional animation that’s entertaining for adults, taking cues from anime. As an animation student, I agree. Stay tuned… 😉